Hurricane Sandy expected to miss Lowcountry
Hurricane Sandy’s howling wind and pelting rain lashed precarious shantytowns, stranded travelers and downed power lines Wednesday as it roared across Jamaica.
What to look for
Seas start to rise today and wind overnight as Sandy passes an expected 300 miles or farther offshore.
Today: Surf, 3 feet; moderate rip current risk
Tonight: Wind starts to build
Friday: Near shore, wind gusts peak about 35 mph, sustained wind at 20-30 mph; at beaches and near-coastal areas, gusts 20-25 mph and sustained wind 15-20 mph; Berkeley and Dorchester counties will be windier nearer the coast, with gusts up to 20 mph possible. Surf will be 6-8 feet or higher, and there will be potentially high risk for rip current. There will be at least minor beach erosion.
Saturday: Outlook uncertain; conditions could be similar to Friday or worse
National Weather Service, Charleston
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The storm’s death toll was at least two.
Sandy was forecast to pass by the Lowcountry on Saturday, 300 miles or farther offshore, as a tropical storm.
Wind, surf, rip currents and some beach erosion are expected, said forecasters with the National Weather Service, Charleston.
National Hurricane Center forecasters said the storm’s exact track still is uncertain, and local forecasters cautioned that a jog east or west would change conditions expected here.
“The seas are going to be interesting,” said meteorologist Julie Packett, with the Charleston office.